Wigan Business Awards 2017

Search Starts for the Wigan Business Stars of 2017


We are delighted to announce that we are accepting nominations for the Wigan Business Awards 2017. Now entering their eleventh year, the annual awards celebrate business excellence across the borough, highlighting the achievements and hard work of a diverse range of Wigan businesses. There are nine award categories for 2017 including a brand new category.

The 2017 Wigan Business Awards are sponsored by Natwest and are free-to-enter for any business based in the Wigan borough.

The awards are free-to-enter and are open to both members and non-members, so long as the business is based in the borough of Wigan. Best of luck!

Award Categories

1. Business of the Year (turnover over £5m) - Sponsored by NatWest

This is the premier award in Wigan borough's business year for companies of any size, working in any commercial or industrial sector.

The company must demonstrate:

  • turnover of at least £5 million a year;

  • a successful track record of excellence and achievement;

  • measureable growth, increased trading profit, new product/service development or new production techniques.

2. Family Business of the Year – Sponsored by HullJady

This award will recognise and celebrate the unique contribution family businesses have made to Wigan borough's economy, history and culture.

The judging panel will look at areas including:

  • length of trading and family dynamics;

  • contribution to the local economy;

  • special achievements;

  • contribution to the community and the promotion of the area outside of the region.

3. Small or Medium Enterprise of the Year – Sponsored by Wigan Council

The award seeks to recognise an SME or enterprise from any industry that has been operating for at least two years and turnover up-to £5 million.

Judging criteria will be based on:

  • innovation;

  • expertise;

  • a solid vision for the future growth of the company.

4. We're Backing Wigan Award – Sponsored by Wigan Observer

This award will recognise the enterprise, particularly a social enterprise or charity, which has:

  • secured publicity for itself, and helped to raise the profile of Wigan borough;

  • understood the needs of its local community and aims to help the borough through difficult economic times.

5. Exporter of the Year – Sponsorship Available

Recognising the strength of British business overseas, this category focuses on international trade, asking for details of research used, challenges identified and how your business has adapted to those challenges.

The judges will be looking for dedicated activity in these areas:

  • research;

  • developing existing markets;

  • expanding into new markets;

  • training and languages.

6. Employer Supporting Apprentices Award – Sponsored by Wigan & Leigh College

This award seeks to applaud the efforts of those businesses and organisations who have demonstrated a commitment to recruiting and training the borough's young people by providing access to nationally recognised qualifications, particularly Apprenticeships or Advanced Apprenticeships.

Shortlisted companies will need to demonstrate:

  • a track record of recruitment

  • the provision of support for the learner

  • an approach to personal development opportunities that ensures the transition into the workplace for new employees is effective.

7. Something to Shout About Award – Sponsored by Focus Insolvency Group

This award is for firms who feel they are world class examples of quality in business. Companies need to demonstrate what makes them special - a spectacular client base, superb staff, or an amazing innovation - to showcase our very best local business acumen!

Judges will be looking at:

  • innovation

  • staff development

  • customer service

8. Start-up Enterprise of the Year – Sponsored by Fairhurst Accountants

This award recognises a Wigan-based enterprise in any sector which has been trading for less than two years as at the end of August 2017.

They will need to demonstrate:

  • passion, vision and capacity for realising this vision;

  • sound research and planning, with a focus on future growth;

  • creative thinking and problem solving;

9. Young Entrepreneur of the Year - Sponsored by Arc Window Films Ltd

A new category for 2017, this award will celebrate entrepreneurs aged 30 and under (as at 25th April 2017). Entrants must be able to demonstrate real ambition, drive, skills and vision to ensure their business or businesses succeed and have started to show an impact in the local, regional or global community. Judges will be looking at:

  • passion, vision and evidence of running a successful business;

  • a sound business plan for the future development of the company, current performance and projected growth;

  • challenges faced and obstacles overcome in becoming an entrepreneur ie work/life balance/social pressure

To enter your company for one of the Wigan Business Awards, click here to submit a nomination form. Once completed, please ensure you press SUBMIT.

Any queries please contact: victoria.kerr@gmchamber.co.uk

If you are interested in finding out about the remaining sponsorship opportunities please contact: victoria.kerr@gmchamber.co.uk

For further information or guidance on entering the Awards, please contact your Regional Membership Manager for Wigan, George Langford via george.langford@gmchamber.co.uk or call 0161 393 4324.

The awards ceremony and Dinner will be taking place on Friday 17th November at the DW Stadium in Wigan.

To book places please email events@gmchamber.co.uk